Lebanon commemorates 41st anniversary of civil war

Published April 13th, 2016 - 01:00 GMT
Powerful picture from the Lebanese civil war in 1975. (Twitter)
Powerful picture from the Lebanese civil war in 1975. (Twitter)

Lebanese officials Wednesday marked the 41st anniversary of the start of Lebanon's 15-year Civil War, the remnants of which still haunt the country's political landscape and society.

"This painful anniversary is a moment to remember the innocent victims of the war and to stand in solidarity with the disabled, and we reiterate our demand to know what the fate of those who went missing is," Future Movement leader Saad Hariri said on Twitter.

"Turn over the page of war, violence, strife, corruption and injustice... Open the page of the state, justice, partnership righteousness and the truth," Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said.

The multifaceted conflict lasted from April 1975 and ended in October 1990.

Although skirmishes had become commonplace prior to the start of the war, an attack by Kataeb militiamen on a bus carrying Palestinians in the Beirut suburb of Ain al-Rummaneh on April 13, 1975 sparked the war.

The Taif Accord, a national reconciliation agreement which was signed by Lebanese warring factions in Saudi Arabia, finally put an end to the war, dissolving or weakening most militias and giving more power to Syria in Lebanon.

The Syrian army withdrew from Lebanon in 2005 after being present in the country since 1976, while Israel, which occupied a part of southern Lebanon since 1982, withdrew in 2000.

At least 150,000 people are estimated to have been killed, and at least 1 million people left the country.


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